CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThere is a lotta, lotta, lotta, lotta noise surrounding the Warriors these days. Free agent-to-be Kevin Durant is rumored to be joining every outfit this side of the Swiss Guard. Klay Thompson will/won’t get the max deal to which he is entitled. The indispensable Andre Iguodala seems amenable to returning for a 16th NBA season, but he cautions that “it’s got to be worth my time.”Kevon Looney? DeMarcus Cousins? Shaun …
Reduce oil production for other reasonsWhat all this means, I believe, is that we should shift away from the motivation of peak oil as our reason for promoting alternatives. A peak in world oil production — due to supply limits — just isn’t going to happen anytime soon, perhaps not even in our lifetimes. We need to use other arguments for curtailing our consumption of oil and other fossil fuels, including coal and natural gas.Fossil fuels are highly polluting in their extraction, combustion, and (especially with coal) waste disposal. More importantly, these energy sources release into the atmosphere vast quantities of carbon dioxide, the most significant of the greenhouse gasses that are contributing to global climate change.While the political world has shifted away from climate change as an issue, I believe that is a very short-lived phenomena that will evaporate as quickly as those rare showers on Nebraska corn fields this summer. It wouldn’t surprise me if climate change returns as an issue of debate as soon as the November elections this year.Temperature records are being broken by the thousands this year, with July the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S. — going back to 1895, when widespread recordkeeping began. Drought covers 63% of the nation, and is driving up the cost of food worldwide (see the Drought Monitor, which is updated weekly). Dry conditions are fueling record fires in Colorado and elsewhere. Scientists are almost universally accepting of the role humans have played in creating this climate change; as more of the public feels the effects I believe they will force politicians to finally stand up and do something about it.Forget about peak oil. Let’s get on with dealing with climate change. So where are we today, relative to peak oil?Statistics on world oil production, consumption, and reserves are tracked by various entities; one widely quoted source is the BP Statistical Review of World Energy; I am pulling numbers from the 2012 edition, which includes data through 2011. Unlike The Campbell and Laherrère statistics quoted above, the BP statistics include unconventional oil, such as tar sands and very deep deposits.Proven reserves of oil, according to the BP report, totaled 1,653 BBO at the end of 2011. This compares with proven reserves in 2001 (ten years earlier) of 1,267 BBO and proven reserves in 1991 (twenty years earlier) of 1,033 BBO. In other words, since 1991, the proven reserves have increased 60%. (Some challenge the BP statistics; you can read a contrasting view in this post on The Oil Drum.)Global annual consumption of oil in 2011 totaled 32.1 BBO, up from 26.1 BBO in 1996 (according to the BP statistics). As a point of reference, 32.1 billions of barrel per year converts to about 1,000 barrels per second. (One barrel is defined as 42 gallons, so that’s about 42,000 gallons per second.) Big numbers.Since the end of 2011, as more deep-sea Brazilian oil and oil recovered through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) comes online, I’m guessing that the rate of increase in proven reserves could actually increase over the next few decades.Furthermore, I predict that the once all-important distinction between “conventional” and “unconventional” oil will break down over time. As technologies improve for very deep drilling (measured in miles rather than feet), such wells will become more common. Fracking will become more common as a strategy for rejuvenating oil fields that had been considered depleted. I don’t like this, particularly given the huge risks and environmental impacts of such extraction methods, but I fear that it’s the reality. I first wrote about “peak oil” in 1998, reporting on an in-depth article in Scientific American by petroleum geologists Colin Campbell, PhD, and Jean Laherrère. Campbell and Laherrère believed that up to that time the world had consumed about 800 billion barrels of oil (BBO), and the known reserves of conventional crude oil totaled about 850 bbl in 1996 and another 200 BBO of conventional oil was yet to be discovered.The result, they argued, was that the world would reach the halfway point — or the peak — in (conventional) world oil production within the first decade of the 21st century. That peak would occur, they argued, when cumulative world oil consumption reached about 925 BBO. (At that time the world was consuming 23.6 BBO per year.)The significance of peak oil is that once that point is reached, so the proponents argue, annual oil production will begin an inexorable decline with a concomitant rise in cost. It would become too expensive to use oil for many uses, and the “end of the oil age” would be in sight.This was a resonant chord for a lot of people — myself included. The end of cheap oil would mean the shift to cleaner fuels and a slowing of the release of greenhouse gasses. It would result in improvements in fuel economy of vehicles; it would encourage homeowners to shift to cleaner heating fuels; and it would spur the development of plug-in hybrid vehicles that could be powered by solar electricity. “Peak oil” became a rallying cry and the subject of dozens of books. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
The Internet of Things is sweeping across the globe at breakneck speeds, and before we know it, our entire lives will be facilitated by connected technology.We’re already seeing the IoT make an incredible impact on how the industrial world operates, and we’re seeing it seep into household goods to bring convenience and efficiency to consumers’ lives.However, one less-explored (but fast-growing) area where connected technology is poised to make a big splash lies in the public sector: Specifically, how municipalities incorporate smart technology into their environments to save money, enhance the lives of their constituents, and entice the best and brightest businesses to set up shop within their borders.Living in a Smart CityImagine using a digital voice assistant like Siri to buy tickets for a big concert. Then, as your autonomous vehicle chauffeurs you to the venue, the streetlights lining the road form a cocoon around you, turning on as you approach and turning off soon after you pass. City-sponsored drones zip around overhead, looking out for any traffic bottlenecks that might impact your journey.Then, when you pull up to the municipal garage outside the arena, a kiosk tells you exactly where the nearest vacant parking spot is, making the experience a stress-free breeze.This is just a small sampling of what life will be like in a smart city. But even in this simple example, several key details went into creating the smooth experience. Among them: The streetlights must respond to the presence of a vehicle, the drones flying overhead must know how to identify and report traffic patterns, the municipal parking lot must be able to track each spot’s occupancy, and so forth.Coordination is keyToo often, city departments dive headfirst into the realm of connected technology without coordinating their efforts. For example, the utilities department will deploy one network for its smart meters, while the department of transportation uses a different one for its energy-efficient streetlights. Ultimately, this results in a variety of compatibility issues that leave cities with headaches and high costs.On top of that, with this uncoordinated approach, key day-to-day data ends up siloed off within departments. This makes it difficult for city leaders to fully capitalize on the treasure trove of insights made possible by the IoT. Unnecessary resources must be devoted to connect this siloed information, which results in a slower analysis process and could lead to accuracy issues.Also, due to the fact that network longevity concerns have plagued the IoT throughout its existence, a city utilizing more networks than necessary is only making things more difficult (and costly) for itself once the next sunset comes around. Therefore, city departments must work in tandem when deploying IoT technologies, keep network longevity in mind, and strive to keep things as streamlined as possible.The perks of a cohesive Smart CityWhen properly built, smart cities reap countless benefits that include:1. Sustainability. Cities that embrace IoT technology can optimize their use of resources, including water, fuel, energy, and even waste. The city of Los Angeles, for example, installed LED bulbs in its streetlights and successfully cut its energy use by 60 percent. The Dutch city of Eindhoven took things even further by installing streetlights similar to the ones I described earlier — they turn on and off depending on how busy the street is.Aside from saving the environment, smart cities save big bucks thanks to their IoT initiatives. Los Angeles’ LED bulbs save the city $8 million per year, and the city of Barcelona saved more than 75 million euros in 2014 by adopting IoT-driven smart water, lighting, and more.2. Community. A city that illustrates a commitment to improvement through smart initiatives is more likely to build strong, well-informed, and healthy communities.For example, by creating an autonomous smart bus network and offering free citywide Wi-Fi, Barcelona has effectively encouraged its residents to drive less, walk more, and get out and explore the area. As a result, pollution levels have decreased, obesity rates have dropped, and residents feel engaged with their hometown.In America, Atlantic City, N.J., is embracing smart technology by installing LED streetlights that feature charging stations and display screens that keep citizens informed of current events and emergency announcements.3. Growth. Smart cities don’t just save municipalities money and improve the lives of current residents; they also attract new residents. Who wouldn’t want to live and work in a city with great air quality, low utility costs, reliable public transit, and free-flowing Wi-Fi?Businesses in particular flock to cities that take care of their smart infrastructure because it lowers operating costs. One study predicts the global business community will spend more than $18 billion incorporating smart technology into buildings in 2017 — which far surpasses the $5.5 billion it spent back in 2012.The energy savings in smart buildings make the move worthwhile, typically paying for itself on an enterprise level within a year or two. Smart windows alone can save up to 26 percent on cooling and 67 percent on lighting costs.In order for a smart city to truly bring its IoT-driven features to life and see long-term value in its investment, it must create a cohesive and holistic smart infrastructure. Every department must be involved and understand how IoT-driven solutions can benefit them, and they must work together to create a seamless, streamlined experience that optimizes life for its current (and future) residents.When smart cities operate in harmony, their citizens, industries, and environments all thrive.John Horn joined Ingenu after serving as president of RacoWireless, a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity solutions. He led the company to record growth and multiple awards for its accomplishments, including recognition as the “Most Innovative Company” and “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.” Before joining RacoWireless, Horn was a leader at T-Mobile for more than nine years. Related Posts John Horn Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Ingenu#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city
How not to tame the Golden State Warriors The Beermen turned their quarterfinal matchup with Phoenix Petroleum into a virtual cakewalk Tuesday night, leading by as many as 28 points en route to a 115-96 ripping of the Fuel Masters for the first Final Four seat.The Gin Kings later took the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor and booked their own semifinal seat by destroying GlobalPort, 96-85, frustrating even the Batang Pier’s usually cool franchise player, Terrence Romeo, into ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn an utter show of force, six players tossed in 11 points or more for the Beermen, who forged the rout even with Best Import candidate Charles Rhodes taking a back seat and letting the locals do most of the damage.“We’re happy to meet the expectations of so many people,” coach Leo Austria said as he awaits the winner of the Star-Rain or Shine series. “I have to commend the players; they wanted to make the semifinals right away.” Marcio Lassiter scored 11 points in the first period when the Beermen set the tone, and then dropped the same number in the third when second-ranked San Miguel pulled away as the title favorites forced the eighth-seeded Fuel Masters to an unceremonious exit.Leading Player of the Conference candidate Alex Cabagnot fired 20 points and had eight rebounds and six assists for the Beermen, whose rousing Philippine Cup triumph over Barangay Ginebra stirred Grand Slam talk early in the season.June Mar Fajardo, the reigning three-time MVP, also didn’t need to work that hard and finished with just 15 points and eight boards in 35 minutes.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa and the Hotshots try to close out their respective best-of-three series on Wednesday when they clash with Meralco and defending champion Rain or Shine also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer left little doubt that it remains the biggest stumbling block to any team wanting to win the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But Barangay Ginebra just might have something to say about that.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast
West Ham to bid for Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaricby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are planning to bring Andrej Kramaric back to England in January.The Croatia international, formerly of Leicester City, has shone for Hoffenheim over the last two seasons.Croatian media sources say West Ham are planning a January move for Kramaric.And further fueling the speculation is a developing rift between Kramaric and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.The striker is fuming after he was hooked during the weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Four of Hanjin Shipping’s 4,275 TEU containerships were sold to South Korean company Korea Marine Transport Co (KMTC) for a price of USD 22.4 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 2008-built Panamaxes, which were sold through a bank sale, are the Hanjin Durban, Hanjin Norfolk, Hanjin Piraeus and Hanjin Rio de Janeiro.Featuring a length of 260 meters and a width of 32 meters, the vessels, built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co, fetched a price tag of USD 5.6 million each.VesselsValue data shows that each of the boxships has a market value of around USD 5.3 million.The sale comes only days after Dutch media reported that three 13,000 TEU Hanjin containerships were sold at an auction in Rotterdam for a total of USD 392 million.The 2012- and 2013- built Hanjin Europe, Hanjin Africa and Hanjin Harmony were reportedly sold on behalf of the German HSH Nordbank.Another Hanjin ship, the Hanjin Gold, is expected to be auctioned off by a Rotterdam court in January 2017.World Maritime News Staff
Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Thursday said BJP’s attempt to “polarise” the electorate in West Bengal will come to nothing as the Trinamool Congress will sweep the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “The BJP can team up with the EC in West Bengal, they can have a tailor-made campaign designed to fragment & polarise the electorate, they can have all their model code violations overlooked. None of it will matter because on the 23rd @MamataOfficial didi will sweep West Bengal,” Abdullah said in a tweet, tagging West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was apparently referring to the violence in Kolkata during BJP president Amit Shah’s visit the other day. He was alluding May 23 when the results of Lok Sabha polls would be declared. Other opposition leaders and parties have also supported Banerjee as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the duration of poll campaign in the state in the wake of the violence.
Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has hinted that he will be continuing with his role at the national side, despite an early exit from the World CupThe Nordic nation arrived at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday knowing that only a victory would be enough to maintain their hopes of reaching the last 16 in their debut World Cup campaign.Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland hope by cancelling out Milan Badelj’s stylish opener for Croatia by scoring a penalty.However, an Ivan Perisic injury-time winner ended Iceland’s campaign with Zlatko Dalic’s side topping Group D with maximum points.Since taking charge of Iceland in 2013, Hallgrimsson has led them to quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 championship and now their first ever World Cup tournament.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…And it appears that he might not be finished yet with the side.“I don’t want to talk about it, really. I’m so proud, not just of the players but also the staff, the training team, everyone with the FA, I’m in the best job in the world and have very good people around me,” said the 51-year-old, via Sky Sports.“This team is on a certain route, this was just one step. Now we’re at the top of the national league, which is like the Champions League of teams in Europe, and the players have earned this. Then we’ll go to the European qualifying and in the second seeding group; it’s very difficult to leave this team, not least the people who have been working with me.“We have to sit down and digest what the next step will be, both for the FA and me, but I think we can be proud of this World Cup and I think we have been praised for our performance in this tournament. There’s one half in which we should’ve done better, but you cannot always be at your best.”Iceland ends their maiden World Cup campaign with one point and a fourth-place finish in Group D.